Notes: The 2001 Honda Accord suffers from widespread transmission failure, subframe rust, & problems with the airbag system (SRS). We recommend avoiding this model year like the plague.

The transmission begins slipping & eventually has to be replaced, typically soon after 100,000 miles & with a repair cost of over $2,000. Transmission failure problems have been a huge problem for Honda Accords & other models all through the early 2000s model years. Honda eventually extended the transmission warranty to 93 months/109k miles for the 2000-2001 Accords as settlement for a class action lawsuit, but that period is over & owners of Accords with transmission problems are out of luck.

Subframe rust near the front passenger side wheel has become a problem recently, due to the poorly positioned A/C drain hose directly above that area. Repair cost to the subframe is over $2,000.

The SRS warning light likes to come on due to a defective seat belt sensor -- typically the driver's side. This sensor is covered under Honda's lifetime seat belt warranty, but some dealers charge a $100+ "diagnostic fee" or tell customers the entire SRS unit ($800) is bad. Also make sure your 2001 Accord has been checked for the airbag recall: excessive pressure may cause metal fragments during airbag deployment.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
136,072 miles

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2001 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 162010


  • 176,142 miles


While driving on freeway car motor shuts down completely, unexpectedly, nothing was done by clear lake Honda dealer because they couldn't found problem unless it occurred on their test drive, and only if breaks down.

- Santa Fe, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 172010


  • 132,000 miles
Have 2001 Honda Accord 4 dr sedan. (ex). For the last 3 months after purchasing gas, once my car reaches the 1/2 available gas level, the check engine and tcs lights come on. Has been checked, diagnostics run-no answer to problem. If I stop, reopen my gas cap, replace the cap and crank it around @ 3 times, after 4 restarts of engine, the lights go off on my dashboard. Do not see any defects with gas cap as far as gaskets being defective.

- Manchester, NJ, USA

problem #1

May 072009


  • 100,075 miles
Check engine light came on sporadically and then there was a slight gas smell. Mechanic discovered a small hole at the top of the gas tank. He stated he had never seen a gas tank rust from the top before. This car is only 8 years old and had been rustproofed from the factory. The gas tank had to be replaced at a cost of $1,200.

- Aylmer, 00, USA

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